Book Reviews

Coasting (States of Love) by Yvonne Trent at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Students/Teachers/Professors / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 27-January-2018

Book Blurb

What happens when you need something but don’t know what it is? Why not look in a place you never heard of?


Out and proud elementary school teacher Cal Hamilton thought he was happy in Philadelphia, but after a breakup, he steps back to reassess his life and discovers something is missing. He gets in his car and drives south with no idea what he hopes to find. The flip of a coin leads him to a small town in Mississippi—practically a different world from the city where he grew up.


Police officer Billy Labarre keeps his sexuality mostly to himself, but he knows just what he needs to fill the hole in his quiet small-town life: the right man. Unfortunately attitudes toward gay men still leave a lot to be desired in the rural South, and it’s hard to meet someone. It’s not likely his perfect match is just going to show up out of the blue….



States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

Book Review

A new beginning can be not only tough to define, but tough to actually find. Cal knows only that he needs a change after his five-year relationship sizzles out without much fanfare. Since Cal has no idea what that change means, he decides to go on a road trip for the summer. When he ends up in a small town in Mississippi, he has no idea what to expect, but police officer Billy was probably not it. What follows is not just a delightful if unexpected romance, but a wonderful impression of what rural Mississippi is like. The colorful descriptions of local nature and lots of fascinating food certainly made me want to go back to see the parts of the state I missed on my first visit many, many years ago.

Cal is as out and proud as Billy is in the closet. Not a surprise, since Cal lived in Philadelphia and has been open about his sexuality most of his life. Billy, on the other hand, is a cop in the South, but that doesn’t mean he is lying to himself. He knows exactly what he needs to be happy, except he has no idea where and how to find the man who will want to be his partner.

Once Cal and Billy, quite literally, run into each other and Cal has trouble finding a hotel room because summer is tourist season – yeah, you can see where this is going. The “emergency rescue” leads to Billy being a tour guide and Cal really enjoys the sightseeing they get up to, as did I. Cal and Billy discover a few shared interests and get along so well after only a few days that Cal soon has a decision to make. Yes, it has only been a week, but both men are adults, know what they want, and the best thing? They really communicate. As rare as that is, in this case, it gave me hope that they’d be able to get through their whirlwind romance and get to the “good parts” of a relationship without too many hiccups.

If you like fast romances followed by adult relationships, if you enjoy watching two grown men deal with getting to know each other and making a life together, and if you’re looking for a sweet read with lots of local flavor and a distinct lack of drama, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 112 pages/41735 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-August-2017
Price $4.99 ebook
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